TOUCHSTONES

(An overview from Genesis to Revelation by selected passages.)


Revelation of the End Times - Part 2
The Kings of the South and of the North - Part 1
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a revelation was given to Daniel (who was called Belteshazzar). Its message was true and it concerned a great war. The understanding of the message came to him in a vision.
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On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of the finest gold around his waist. His body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.
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A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said, "Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you." And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling.
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"The king of the South will become strong, but one of his commanders will become even stronger than he and will rule his own kingdom with great power."
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"Then the king of the North will invade the realm of the king of the South but will retreat to his own country."
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"Then the king of the South will march out in a rage and fight against the king of the North, who will raise a large army, but it will be defeated."
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"In those times many will rise against the king of the South. The violent men among your own people will rebel in fulfillment of the vision, but without success. Then the king of the North will come and build up siege ramps and will capture a fortified city. The forces of the South will be powerless to resist; even their best troops will not have the strength to stand. The invader will do as he pleases; no one will be able to stand against him. He will establish himself in the Beautiful Land and will have the power to destroy it."

Daniel 10:1,4-6,10-14; 11:5,9,11,14-16 (NIV)


Perhaps today...